Prince William and Prince Harry will this evening stand vigil next to the coffin of their grandmother, the Queen.
The two brothers, joined by the Queen’s other grandchildren, will stand at opposite ends of her coffin as they keep vigil for 15 minutes as a mark of respect, while members of the public continue to file past.
Prince William, the new Prince of Wales, will stand at the head of the coffin, with Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, at the foot.
Alongside the brothers will be Zara Tindall and Peter Phillips, the children of the Princess Royal, the Duke of York’s daughters, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, and Prince Edward’s children, Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn.
At King Charles’s request, Prince Harry will be permitted to wear a military uniform for the first time since 2020, when he stepped down as a working royal and handed back his honorary military titles.
The other grandchildren will be in morning suits and dark formal dresses with decorations.
The rules for Prince Harry came after an outcry that an “exception” would apply to Prince Andrew, who was permitted to wear a military uniform for a vigil kept by the Queen’s four children on Friday.
Members of the public have been filing past the coffin of the Queen since Wednesday evening. Huge demand means people are having to stand in line for at least 24 hours to reach her lying-in-state.
Tens of thousands of people have already filed past the coffin in a steady, solemn stream, queuing for hours through the dark and cold to pay their respects to Britain’s longest-reigning monarch – a testimony to the affection in which she was held.
On Wednesday, in a moment of symbolic unity, Prince William and Prince Harry walked side by side behind the Queen’s coffin as it left Buckingham Palace.
The walk behind the Queen’s coffin came almost exactly 25 years since the brothers, then aged 15 and 12 respectively, walked behind the coffin of their mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.
Prince William and Prince Harry were seen together for the first time since their grandmother’s death on 10 September, when they greeted meet members of the public at Windsor Castle alongside their wives, the Princess of Wales and Duchess of Sussex.
Before this, the last time they were seen together publicly was at the funeral of their grandfather, Prince Philip, who died last year.
Royal commentators have expressed hope that the displays indicate the brothers are putting their differences aside, following two years of strained relations in the aftermath of the Sussexes’ departure from the royal fold.